Please find below a list of some of the activities (talks, seminars, workshops, etc.) carried out at our center during the last five years.

Upcoming Events

January – March 2018

October – December 2017

April – June 2017

January – March 2017

October – December 2016

April – June 2016

January – March 2016

October – December 2015

July -September 2015

April – June 2015

January – March 2015

October – December 2014

July – September 2014

April – June 2014

January – March 2014

October – December 2013

July – September 2013

April – June 2013

January -March 2013

 October – December 2012

July – September 2012

April – June 2012

January – March 2012

October – December 2011




Fundamentals of IAS-Research Seminars 2018. Seminar 3. Emergence, hierarchies, constraints @ Centro Carlos Santamaría, B14
Apr 10 @ 15:00 – 17:00

Fundamentals of IAS-Research Seminars 2018
6 bi-weekly seminars exploring the basic research lines of IAS-Research

Seminar 3 run by: Jon Umerez

Keywords: forms of biological explanation, dynamics and constraints, ways of describing complex systems, emergence, hierarchical systems, inter-level interactions, forms of causation, mechanicism, emergent control, symbols, H. Pattee, R. Rosen, H. Simon


Pattee, H. H. (1969). Physical conditions for primitive functional hierarchies. In Hierarchical Structures, edited by L. L. Whyte, A. G. Wilson, and D. Wilson, pp. 161–177. New York: Elsevier.

Further Readings:

Umerez, J. (2016). Biological organization from a hierarchical perspective. Articulation of Concepts and Interlevel Relation. In Pievani, T., Serrelli, E. and Tëmkin, I. (eds.) Evolutionary theory: A hierarchical perspective, pp. 63–85. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Umerez, J. and Mossio, M. (2013). Constraint. In Dubitzky, W., Wolkenhauer, O., Cho, K-H. and Yokota, H. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Systems Biology. New York: Springer.

Wimsatt, W. (1994). The ontology of complex systems: Levels of organization, perspectives, and causal thickets. Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 20, 207–274.

Fundamentals of IAS-Research Seminars 2018. Seminar 4. Embodied and enactive approaches to agency and cognition @ Centro Carlos Santamaría, B14
Apr 24 @ 15:00 – 17:00

Fundamentals of IAS-Research Seminars 2018
6 bi-weekly seminars exploring the basic research lines of IAS-Research

Seminar 4 run by: Ezequiel Di Paolo

Keywords: functionalism, embodied turn, dynamical systems, enaction, phenomenology, sensorimotor approaches to perception, agency, nonrepresentationalism, embodiment, sense-making, individuation, normativity, F. Varela, H. Jonas, M. Merleau-Ponty, H. Dreyfus, J. Dewey, J. Piaget, G. Simondon, E. Thompson, R. Beer.


Di Paolo, E. (2005). Autopoiesis, adaptivity, teleology, agencyPhenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 4(4), 429–452.

Further Readings:

Barandiaran, X., Rohde, M. and Di Paolo, E. A. (2009). Defining agency: individuality, normativity, asymmetry and spatio-temporality in actionAdaptive Behavior, 17, 367–386.

O’Regan, J. K., and Noë, A. (2001). A sensorimotor account of vision and visual consciousness. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 24(5), 883–917.

Thompson, E. (2011). Précis of Mind in LifeJournal of Consciousness Studies, 18, 10–22.

Thompson. E. and Cosmelli, D. (2011). Brain in a vat or body in a world? Brainbound versus enactive views of experience. Philosophical Topics, 39, 163–180.

Varela F. J. (1995). The re-enchantment of the concrete. Some biological ingredients for a nouvelle cognitive science. In: Steels L. and Brooks R. (eds.) The Artificial Life Route to Artificial Intelligence: Building Embodied, Situated Agents. Lawrence Erlbaum, New Haven. pp. 11–20.

Fundamentals of IAS-Research Seminars 2018. Seminar 5. Intersubjectivity, social understanding, social normativity @ Centro Carlos Santamaría, B14
May 8 @ 15:00 – 17:00

Fundamentals of IAS-Research Seminars 2018
6 bi-weekly seminars exploring the basic research lines of IAS-Research

Seminar 5 run by: Hanne De Jaegher

Keywords: participatory sense-making, social cognition, social neuroscience, autism, social norms, primary and secondary intersubjectivity, linguistic bodies, ethnography, interpersonal coordination, C. Trevarthen, E. Goffman, V. Reddy, M. Bakhtin, L. Vygotsky, D. Stern, A. Kendon.


De Jaegher, H. and Di Paolo, E. (2007). Participatory Sense-Making: An enactive approach to social cognition. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 6(4), 485–507.

Further Readings:

De Jaegher, H. (2013). Embodiment and sense-making in autism. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 7(15), doi: 10.3389/fnint.2013.00015.

De Jaegher, H., Di Paolo, E. and Gallagher, S. (2010). Does social interaction constitute social cognition? Trends in Cognitive Sciences 14 (10): 441–447.

Fuchs T., and De Jaegher H. (2009). Enactive Intersubjectivity: Participatory sense-making and mutual incorporation. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 8(4), 465­–486.

Gallagher, S. (2008). Understanding others: Embodied social cognition. In P. C. Garzón and T. Gomila (eds.), Elsevier Handbook of Embodied Cognitive Science. pp. 439-52. London: Elsevier.

Reddy, V. (2003). On being the object of attention: Implications for self–other consciousness. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 7(9), 397–402.

Fundamentals of IAS-Research Seminars 2018. Seminar 6. Health and autonomy in medical and bioethical contexts @ Centro Carlos Santamaría, B14
May 22 @ 15:00 – 17:00

Fundamentals of IAS-Research Seminars 2018
6 bi-weekly seminars exploring the basic research lines of IAS-Research

Seminar 6 run by: Antonio Casado

Keywords: patient autonomies, concepts of health and disease, adherence to treatment, the normal and the pathological, doctor-patient interactions, healthcare institutions, (bio)ethics, G. Canguilhelm, A. Tauber, H. Carel.


Canguilhem, G. (2008). The normal and the pathological.  In: Knowledge of Life. New York: Fordham UP. pp. 121–­133.

Further Readings:

Carel, H. (2007). Can I be ill and happy? Philosophia, 35, 95–110.

Casado da Rocha, A. and Etxeberria, A. (2013). Towards autonomy-within-illness: Applying the triadic approach to the principles of bioethics. In Carel, H. and Cooper, R. (eds.) Health, Illness and Disease. Philosophical Essays. Durham: Acumen: pp. 57–74.

Etxeberria, A. (2015). Biological organization and pathology: Three views on normativity. In Lemoine, M. and Giroux, E. (eds.) Naturalism in Philosophy of Health: issues, limits and implications. Springer. pp. 121–142.

Mol, A., and Law, J. (2004). Embodied action, enacted bodies. The example of hypoglycaemia. Body & Society, 10(2-3), 43­–62.